Posted by Melanie Dimmitt
26. Nov, 2013
As is promptly declared at the start of this slick, sophisticated production, Rock Hudson “appeared to everyone differently, which was entirely deliberate.” Yet this Hollywood sensation, an actor whose career spanned 40 years, was forced to keep his sexuality a secret.
Dying of an AIDS-related illness in 1985, Hudson’s private life was aired to the world when former lover Marc Christianson filed a lawsuit against his estate. The formalities of this posthumous case form the canvas on which Hudson’s story plays out, with his life and loves revisited in highly emotive interludes.
A dialogue-heavy script is impeccably delivered through a series of duologues, be they a sharp-edged interrogation or sensual seduction. The stage resembles a ‘courtroom’ built from bundles of magazines with Hudson on the cover – the chokehold of the media on his identity.
This unfussy set is enlivened by the considered placement of actors (a credit to debut director and playwright Cameron Lukey), all of whom move seamlessly from a tableaux to multiple roles. Odette Galbally dons diamonds and a feathered-crop wig as Elizabeth Taylor, holding her bold and brazen own in an otherwise suit-clad male cast. Shane Savage is strong as both Christianson and Jack Navaar, the leading men in Rock’s life, with the star himself played by a fittingly chiselled Bart Walsh.
The acting is first rate, as is the way that we, the audience, are thrust into judge’s seat. Nearly thirty years on we are fortunate to be privy to this perfectly executed, compelling story of the man who, albeit regrettably, gave much needed celebrity status to a harrowing disease.
Playing Rock Hudson plays at The Coopers Malthouse until Dec 4. Find out more here.
Garden Design Fest showcases 46 of Victoria’s most spectacular gardens, highlighting the work of some of the most acclaimed garden designers in the country.
Milk Bar Magazine speaks with Amelia Trompf, the author of the new children's book Who is Fitzy Fox?, set right here in Melbourne.
The NGV has been filled with the talented Edgar Degas’ art containing 206 pieces of work.
Movenpick are giving away over 5,000 scoops of ice-cream across their 23 boutiques this Monday!
Singer, songwriter and comedic genius Jude Perl will launch her debut album Modern Times at The Toff in Town.
Milk Bar Mag got to speak with JackJackJack's singer Maggie Baines about their upcoming show at the St Kilda Festival.